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Big Ten Football Week 3 Picks: Betting Odds, Lines, and More

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TCR's picks and bets for Week 3 of Big Ten football. 

The true face of terror.
The true face of terror.
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Last week was a bad week for our gamblers ... not named Mark or Bryce. Only our site's oldest and youngest gamblers managed to make any money, each pulling down +$100. When the next highest total is breaking even, it's probably best to imagine that week never happened and that you didn't fall from second place into 6th (Brad).

Illinois Fighting Illini vs North Carolina Tarheels (-10), O/U: 64

Primiano: $50 on Illinois +10

Repplinger: $25 on Illinois +10

Vainisi: $100 on Illinois +10

Cain: $50 on Illinois +10

Silich: $50 on Illinois +10

Vallese: $25 on Illinois +10

Smith: $25 on Illinois +10

Primiano: Does it really count as revenge for 2005 if it's a decade later and in a different sport?

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Indiana Hoosiers (-1), O/U: 68

Primiano: $50 on WKU +1

Repplinger: $25 on Over 68

Vainisi: $50 on WKU +1

Cain: $50 on WKU +1

Silich: $100 on WKU +1

Vallese: $50 on WKU +1

Smith: $50 on WKU +1

Silich: https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-EPLPs-Hu0n56c7YrjFgG9X0FkQ=/0x75:600x413/1600x900/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/40079226/Bya-gxqIQAAtLav.0.0.jpg

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Iowa Hawkeyes (-5.5), O/U: 51.5

Primiano: $25 on Under 51.5

Repplinger: $100 on Iowa -5.5

Vainisi: $25 on Iowa -5.5

Cain: $50 on Under 51.5

Silich: $100 on Under 51.5

Vallese: $25 on Pitt +5.5

Smith: $25 on Under 51.5

Repplinger: Jordan Canzeri and a rowdy Iowa crowd will make it tough for the Fighting Narduzzi's to maintain any offensive consistency, especially with the absence of James Conner.

South Florida Bulls vs Maryland Terrapins (-7), O/U: 52.5

Primiano: $50 on Over 52.5

Repplinger: $50 on USF +7

Vainisi: $25 on Maryland -7

Cain: $25 on Under 52.5

Silich: $25 on Under 52.5

Vallese: $50 on Maryland -7

Smith: $25 on USF +7

Silich: Does anybody know anything about either of these teams at this point? USF played Florida State close for a while and Maryland sucked against Bowling Green but still scored a bunch of points.

Air Force Falcons vs Michigan State Spartans (-26.5)

Primiano: $25 on MSU -26.5

Repplinger: $25 on Air Force +26.5

Vainisi: $25 on MSU -26.5

Cain: $50 on Air Force +26.5

Silich: $25 on Air Force +26.5

Vallese: $25 on Air Force +26.5

Smith: $50 on Air Force +26.5

Cain: I'll go with Sparty in this one, but they're not covering that spread against the Falcons run game. Side note: Troy Calhoun has the same haircut as Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump."

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (-23.5), O/U: 48.5

Primiano: $100 on Minnesota -23.5

Repplinger: $100 on Minnesota -23.5

Vainisi: $25 on Minnesota -23.5

Cain: $50 on Under 48.5

Silich: $50 on Minnesota -23.5

Vallese: $100 on Minnesota -23.5

Smith: $25 on Minnesota -23.5

Primiano: It seems almost criminal that these two golden schools have only played once before.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Miami Hurricanes (-3), O/U: 57.5

Primiano: $25 on Nebraska +3

Repplinger: $50 on Over 57.5

Vainisi: $25 on Under 57.5

Cain: $50 on Miami -3

Silich: $25 on Over 57.5

Vallese: $25 on Miami -3

Smith: $25 on Miami -3

Smith: Mike Riley's first game on the road at Nebby will not go well.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils (-3.5), O/U: 49

Primiano: $50 on Duke -3.5

Repplinger: $100 on Duke -3.5

Vainisi: $50 on Duke -3.5

Cain: $50 on Duke -3.5

Silich: $25 on Under 49

Vallese: $50 on Duke -3.5

Smith: $50 on Under 49

Cain: Bunch of nerds.

Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ohio State Buckeyes (-34), O/U: 66.5

Primiano: $25 on NIU +34

Repplinger: $50 on Under 66.5

Vainisi: $25 on OSU -34

Cain: $50 on Over 66.5

Silich: $100 on Under 66.5

Vallese: $25 on OSU -34

Smith: $50 on OSU -34

Vallese: NIU is a pretty good team, but Ohio State is THE best team.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Penn State Nittany Lions (-10), O/U: 45

Primiano: $25 on Under 45

Repplinger: $50 on Rutgers +10

Vainisi: $50 on Under 45

Cain: $50 on Penn State -10

Silich: $100 on Under 45

Vallese: $50 on Penn State -10

Smith: $25 on Under 45

Vainisi: Good to see we finally kicked Rutgers out of the Big Ten

Virginia Tech Hokies (-6) vs Purdue Boilermakers, O/U: 48

Primiano: $50 on VT -6

Repplinger: $50 on Over 48

Vainisi: $25 on Under 48

Cain: $50 on VT

Silich: $50 on Under 48

Vallese: $25 on Purdue +6

Smith: $25 on Under 48

Vallese: I keep saying Purdue is a much better team than people think, and here's their first big chance to prove it.

Troy Trojans vs Wisconsin Badgers (-34.5), O/U: 58.5

Primiano: $25 on Under 58.5

Repplinger: $25 on Over 58.5

Vainisi: $25 on Under 58.5

Cain: $50 on Wisconsin -34.5

Silich: $100 on Wisconsin -34.5

Vallese: $50 on Wisconsin -34.5

Smith: $25 on Over 58.5

Repplinger: Joel Stave seems to have figured this out...which is kind of scary

Season Standings:

1. Bryce Smith: +$350 (+$100 last week)

2. Jim Vainisi: +$125 (-$25 last week)

3. Matt Silich: +$25 (+$0 last week)

3. Trevor Vallese: +$25 (-$75 last week)

5. Mark Primiano: -$75 (+$100 last week)

6. Brad Repplinger: -$125 (-$325 last week)

7. Brandon Cain: -$250 (-$100 last week)